Robert R. Rich, MD is Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Medical Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. From 2004 – 2010 he also served as UAB Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean of the School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and received his MD from the University of Kansas. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington. He had subspecialty clinical training in Allergy and Immunology and postdoctoral research fellowships at NIH and Harvard Medical School. In 1973, Rich joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine as Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Medicine. In 1978 he was promoted to Professor and in 1995 was named Distinguished Service Professor. He was an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 1977 to 1991. From 1990 to 1998, he also served as Vice President and Dean of Research at Baylor. From 1998 to 2004 he was Executive Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives at Emory University School of Medicine.
From 2003-2008 Dr. Rich was editor-in-chief of The Journal of Immunology. Other appointments to editorial boards have included The Journal of Experimental Medicine, The Journal of Infectious Diseases, The Journal of Clinical Immunology and Clinical and Experimental Immunology. He is also the editor-in-chief of a comprehensive textbook Clinical Immunology: Principles and Practice, the 4th edition of which was published in December, 2012.
Dr. Rich is Past President of the Clinical Immunology Society. He also served as Vice President of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, as Chair of its Professional Education Council, as Chair of the Basic and Clinical Immunology Interest Section and as a member of its Board of Directors. He served as a member of two NIH Study Sections (as chair of one) and on the Boards of Directors of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (also as chair) and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He was a Councilor of the American Clinical and Climatological Association and a member of the Council of the American Association of Immunologists. He is also Past President and Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
In 2008 Rich received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Association of Immunologists and in 2012 he received the Distinguished Scientist Award of the AAAAI.